Comedy Central announced Monday it would cancel The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore after a year and a half on air. The half-hour satirical news show replaced The Colbert Report in the time slot immediately following Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. Unfortunately, Wilmore could not survive the ratings drop that came with Stewart’s departure from the Nightly Show‘s lead-in program.
“I’m really grateful to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, and our fans to have had this opportunity,” Wilmore told The Hollywood Reporter. “But I’m also saddened and surprised we won’t be covering this crazy election, or ‘The Unblackening,’ as we’ve coined it. And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening to my time slot as well.”
The 11:30pm timeslot will be temporarily filled by Chris Hardwick’s @Midnight until Comedy Central can fill it with a new show. No word yet on whether or not that will be another satirical show.
Wilmore has provided a satirical voice that has been underrepresented by most late night satire shows. At the time he took over the show, Wilmore was the only host of a satirical show who was not a white male. He frequently focused on issues of race and privilege, and always had a diverse discussion panel. He called the coming election, and subsequent removal of Obama from the White House, the “Unblackening.” He often discussed movements like Black Lives Matter, and he refused to stop talking about the Flint water crisis until something was done to help.
Wilmore gained viral traction earlier this year when he hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and voiced controversial statements about the media and presidential candidates. He then capped the speech off by calling President Obama, “my n*gga,” sparking controversy from media outlets.
Watch Wilmore’s speech below to see him do what he does best: “Keep it 100!”